WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The U.S Department of Justice filed cases against two Chinese cyber attackers for their alleged attempt in acquiring a coronavirus vaccine research from companies and government units.
- The assistant attorney general wrote on the charges that the attacks are part of China’s effort to infiltrate worldwide networks, especially American corporations.
- The DOJ confirmed that cyber terrorism has been going on since the past years or so.
On Tuesday, the U.S Department of Justice (DOJ) said that two Chinese hackers had been indicted in trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine study conducted by both private corporation and government departments.
Assistant Attorney General John Demers said during a news briefing that the two suspects are believed to be with the Guangdong State Security Department and the Chinese Ministry of State Security to implement comprehensive worldwide network attacks.
The hackers, 34-year-old Li Xiaoyu, and 31-year-old Dong Jiazhi were said to focus on top-secret business info and intellectual property which companies have that had something to do with COVID-19 testing, vaccine, and treatment.
Military defense, pharmaceutical, industrial plants, medical tools manufacturing, video gaming program, and solar power corporations were some of the companies the two targeted.
Demers said that the cyberattacks have been going on for over ten years now. As stated on the charges, these cyber terrorists have illegally acquired data of terabytes in volume from several hundreds of sources.
Their hacking activities have made them as a valid risk to the U.S. and international systems.
The lawsuit also mentioned the two suspects also attempted to infiltrate the accounts of private organizations, activists, church, and human rights advocates not only in the U.S. but also in Hong Kong and China.
Dong and Li concentrated their efforts on technologically advanced companies in countries including the U.S., Australia, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Japan, Britain, Belgium, Lithuania, and South Korea.
The charges were filed in Washington’s U.S. District Court, and the recent development showed that Beijing, China is utilizing cyber attackers as part of its global effort to rob, duplicate and take-over the international market, as reported by the Justice Department.
Demers added that China is offering safe refuge to cybercriminals who could work for them.
The assistant attorney general also remarked that China is now also amongst other countries such as Russia, North Korea, and Iran that employs hackers for the benefit of their nation. He further said the Chinese Communist Party is on the offensive against American and other non-Chinese private corporation’s trade secrets and confidential data, including coronavirus study.
Source: New York Post